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Mada Leigh

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Hi Mada! You live with your hubby and daughter in Dallas. Have you always lived there?

Pretty much! My husband and I are actually both from the same small town about an hour north of Dallas – we were high school sweethearts! After college, we moved back to Dallas and have been here for about 5 years. We love Dallas, especially because we are so close to both our families. 

When did you decide to start the blog, and how did you choose what topics to focus on?

I've always had a passion for nontoxic living, natural skin care, and living as holistically as possible. In fact, before I got pregnant, it was my job! I was a personal trainer and Pilates instructor in Dallas, so health was a part of my every day life (literally). Especially after I started training, I naturally started to notice that friends and family were coming to me for all things health related. Once I found out I was pregnant, I started doing even more healthy-living research, so I wanted an outlet to share all the amazing products and information I was finding. I knew then motherhood would play a huge part in the blog I wanted to create, given that’s where most of my research was focused.

I launched the blog when Temple was about 2 months old (about 6 months ago), and I love the community I've built so far. My blog has organically grown with motherhood at its core, but I would consider it to be a little broader than your average mommy blog – it’s really more "lifestyle" related.

I do A LOT of research on the topics I choose to write about, and most of my blog posts are super detailed. Everything from my non-toxic skin care and makeup routines, to what’s on Temple’s menu, to why I drink celery juice every morning – there are TONS of fun topics to cover, whether you’re a mom yet or not!

Is it a challenge keeping up with Temple, and blogging, and everything else?

ABSOLUTELY, but it’s so much fun, too! Having this blog as a creative outlet to share what I’m most passionate about has been a blast. I am home with Temple, but I also have the opportunity to share our day-to-day with my community. It forces me to be super organized and prioritize. Taking care of Temple obviously always comes first, but when naptime comes, it’s time to work on content, take photos, or maybe just eat lunch in peace!!

It can be a lot sometimes, but it’s so worth it. I’ve seen women open up to me about their fertility journeys, watched them switch to natural skin care products, and opened their eyes to natural birth. Knowing that I’ve had a positive impact on even one person makes me so grateful to have started MadaLeigh.com!

Sometimes as mamas can be doing everything for our families while forgetting to anything for ourselves. For me, that’s where my blog comes in. It’s a place to be creative and do something for me! I think all mamas should challenge themselves to find something just for them, even if that’s a monthly facial or a weekly workout class!

For other aspirational mom bloggers, what advice would you give?

GO FOR IT! I had my blog ready to launch for about four months before it actually went live, but my fear of putting myself out there held me back. You will never be completely ready, but if you feel that you have something to share then do it! I have mamas message me saying they are scared of what their friends or family will think if they start a blog. The people that truly care about you will support you! They will see the happiness it brings you and that’s what really matters.

My other piece of advice is to be consistent once you start, and to not worry about “the numbers.” Starting a blog and building a community takes time. But, if you are being genuine and offering people something they can learn and benefit from, you will grow organically!

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Child car seat UK rules and regulations

Please enjoy this special guest post from our friends across the pond at Hiremebaby.

 

The rules on child seats can be rather confusing especially if you are visiting the UK from overseas.  Hiremebaby ensures that all car seats rented meet the latest EU regulations and we can help make sure that you select the right seat for your child as well as checking compatibility with your car.  We offer car seats across all categories suitable from birth up to 12 years+ and with extended rear facing up to 4 years.

 

We like to help our customers stay informed so we’ve put together a helpful summary of facts to help you navigate the rules around car seats in the UK.

 

1) All children must use a child car seat until they are 12 years old or 135cm (4ft5in) whichever comes first.  After this, children must use an adult seatbelt.  Car seats must be fitted correctly according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

 

(Safety experts recommend a car seat is used for all children under 150cm (4ft11in). 

 

2) Children must be positioned rear facing until they are 15 months old. After 15 months old, children can be positioned forward facing. 

 

(Safety experts recommend children are positioned rear facing for as long as possible.  Research has shown rear facing to be 500% safer for children up to 2 years of age.)

 

3) Backless booster seats are only permitted for children over 125cm in height and weighing more than 22kg.  Hiremebaby do not hire backless booster seats - we offer a high back booster seat suitable for children up to 12 years (36kg)

 

4) Legally, a child can travel without a car seat in a taxi or private hire vehicle in the rear of the car, without an adult seat belt if they are under 3 and with an adult seat belt if over 3.

 

5) Legally, if the correct car seat is not available, children over 3 can travel in a car wearing an adult seat belt if the journey is unexpected, necessary and over a short distance.  This does not apply to children under 3, unless in a taxi.

 

6) It is the drivers legal responsibility to ensure children are in appropriate car seats whilst travelling.

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Quick Baby Proofing Tips for Little Visitors

That moment you've been looking forward to for months has finally arrived! Your precious grandchild, adorable niece/nephew, or bestie's baby is on their way to your home for the very first time. You're determined to make the experience as pleasant as possible for the incumbent parents and their little love — starting with making sure your home is a safe place for baby.   

There are lots of little things you can do, without breaking the bank, to ensure both baby and baby's mama sleep easy during their stay. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when you have a little one incoming and need to do a quick baby proof of your home! 

Designate Safe Spaces

Instead of combing through your entire house looking for hazards, designate a space or spaces for baby, and then make sure those spaces are extra safe. Likely, little visitors will spend their time in two places: the bedroom and the living room. Make sure you sweep these two rooms for common choking hazards like bottle caps (incidentally, the most commonly choked upon item!), loose change, the plastic top of coil door stops and small toys with parts that could fall off.

A good practice is, if it's small enough to fit in a child's mouth, put it away. Exercise this same judgment in terms of objects that could tumble. Heavy items and unsecured pieces of furniture should be kept well out of reach or temporarily moved to a baby free zone. 

Set Up Your Safe Spaces

Once you've picked your safe spaces, you can section them off with strategically placed baby gates. Better yet, rent a Pack n Play from a baby gear rental service like FlyBaby, and you won't have to worry about baby wandering off at all.

When setting up baby's bedroom, make sure you have a proper crib, mattress & sheets for him/her to sleep in. This will help baby sleep better, which means everyone else gets to sleep better too! You can rent all of it for the weekend through FlyBaby. 

Bathroom Etiquette

Another spot that will be frequented by baby is the bathroom. There are little things you do to help a visiting mama out come bath time, like make sure the tub has an anti-slip bath mat and have some gentle baby shampoo and soap on hand. Having a stack of soft towels ready for your guests to use is also a nice touch. Finally, tuck your toiletries and medicine away in higher cabinets just for good measure. 

In the end, you don't have to spend tons of money, or hire a handyman, to get your home ready for a little visitor. Just make sure you have a couple baby safe zones designated, and the gear on hand to keep them comfortable. A baby's visit will go oh so much smoother, if they have A) a comfortable place to sleep and B) a comfortable place to play! 

Incidentally, both things that you can affordably rent with FlyBaby.  

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